Hams have Field Day in local park

If you're going to have to help out in an emergency or disaster, overlooking Spring Lake from William Ferry Park is a nice place to do it. The local ham radio club operated for 24 straight hours this weekend in the national Field Day event from the Ferrysburg park, making as many contacts with other stations - both in the field using alternative power sources, like the North Ottawa Amateur Radio Club's setup, and home "base' stations.
Mark Brooky
Jun 27, 2011


“It’s really hard to keep your eyes on things,” said John Sundstrom, who faced the lake as he operated the club’s digital station on Saturday.

Still, NOARC members contacted 723 other stations around the country during the event that began at 2 p.m. on Saturday and ended at 2 p.m. on Sunday.

The annual Field Day gives amateur radio operators, sometimes called hams, the ability to test putting up antennas for their two-way radios to operate in crises. The hams offer communications in the event of disasters and emergencies, said John Fisher, a former president of NOARC who organized the club’s Field Day setup.

The local club also assists public safety agencies and emergency medical personnel with radio communications along the routes of running events, festivals and parades.

This was the second year the club operated from Ferry Park. Fisher said they’ve set up in previous years at Coast Guard Park in Ferrysburg, Rycenga Park in Spring Lake Township, Robinson Township Park and Hofma Park in Grand Haven Township.

To read more of this story, see today’s print edition of the Grand Haven Tribune.



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